Throw in some minimal bouncy keyboard riffs, add a few posh French words and give your song a title which everybody will find tasty et voilà, “Salted Caramel Ice Cream” by Metronomy is born – a summer hit that will surely be stuck in your head until ice cream season is over.
Much like everybody’s all-time-favourite “The Look”, “Salted Caramel Ice Cream” exudes a catchiness that belies in Metronomy’s trademark simplicity, tranquility and disco sound pulse. The single will be part of Metronomy’s new album called Metronomy Forever (due September 13th).
Talking about “Salted Caramel Ice Cream”, the band’s leader Joseph Mount explains that “in an era where people are suing people for stealing musical ideas, I thought it would be fun that it was a bit of a 12-bar blues song”.
Despite the song’s bounciness, and, to some extent celebrative happiness (“a song to be played at a wedding”, as Joe defines the song), its recently released video puts emphasis on the song’s underlying darker message: gentrification of ice cream parlours …yes. The clip, which is filmed in a cookie monster Sesamstreet setting, centres on the domination of fancy sounding ice cream flavours like “Salted Caramel Ice Cream” or “Spiced Vanilla” with “a fresh glass of Perrier” over “Orange Cookie Crunch”.
Related to the theme’s hidden nostalgia for classic ice cream flavour names, Mount explains that the upcoming album will “represent something looking backwards and forwards simultaneously”, while exploring ideas about “what happens […] when you’re making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what you’re going to leave behind.” For their 10-year-anniversary, Metronomy will gift us with an album that will add to their successful legacy, an album that “takes bits from every other album” they’ve made.
Before we get to listen to their 6th album with 17! tracks, we will have the opportunity to see Metronomy live when they come to play in Europe, and Germany, this fall. Until then and in the meantime, go enjoy your mint chocolate chip gelato or head out with some classic Flutsch-Finger!
Foto: Metronomy Press